Top 5 Fictional Characters I Learnt From

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It is Teacher’s Day here in India! Commemorating that is today’s post on what I learnt from fictional characters… 

5. Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock

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What I learnt:

Okay, this one is quite superficial, but *shrugs* learning is learning!

  • How to deduce people

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  • How to survive when shot in a non-fatal area

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  • How to use clever insults!

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4. Isabella “Bella” Swan  from The Twilight Saga

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Before you all click “Unfollow” and run away, I’d like to add this – she taught me what NOT to be.

What I learnt:

  • To not be as selfish, stupid, petty and (insert choicest negative traits here) as her.

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  • She is engaged to the man of her dreams, and the only thing she does is whine about how he is sooo over-indulgent and caring towards her (and how annoying that is). Gee, Bella. I feel so sorry for you.

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  • Fine, she chooses Edward over Jacob. That means that she should let go of Jacob, so that he can find someone for himself. But oh no, Bella has the cake, eats the cake, and takes the cakes of others as well.

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3. Anne Shirley from Anne Of Green Gables

Ah, finally, a sensible heroine 🙂

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What I learnt: 

Anne taught me that it is okay to be wildly imaginative and trusting, always hoping for the best while preparing for the worst. She actually made me feel normal and accepted at a time where everybody was calling me ‘weird’ and ‘freaky’ for being dreamy:

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hopeful:

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and just a *teensy* bit dramatic:

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2. Anthony Howard “Tony” Stark from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

This might come as a surprise to most of you (considering the events of Age of Ultron and Civil War) but Tony continues to be my first crush and all-time favorite superhero.

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What I learnt:

Tony inspired me to dare to aim high, to not be afraid of failure, to be wild, impulsive and just plain arrogant and awesome. Be gutsy, be brave, and be proud. Considering that I have a tendency to hesitate before doing anything, Tony taught me this:

 

 

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  1. Remus John Lupin from Harry Potter

This must come as no surprise, since I’m always talking about how my love for Remus Lupin, Werewolf Extraordinaire, is an eternal and undying flame kindled in my heart…Apart from the little things about him that makes me go “Awww,” here’s what I learnt from him.

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What I learnt:

Your life may be screwed up as hell, but I have no rights whatsoever to take it out on others. Lupin’s kind and non-judgmental attitude towards everyone did wonders to my hard little heart. The way he treated others shows the strength of will he must have had, battling a terrible condition, but trying to not let it show. Wise indeed.

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Granted, he had his moments of crippling inferiority which an insensitive soul may call ‘weakness’.  But I believe that he realized the gravity of his action only after Tonks became pregnant, so I don’t  particularly blame him for that, because all of us have experienced the “What have I done?” feeling before.

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It does take a lot of courage to fight for the future even when it means certain death. And I deeply revere Remus for that.

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Oh, and just ignore me choking here, It is just those damn onion-cutting ninjas.

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But ending on a happy note (read: HP better than Twilight!!!)

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Wanna argue with me about one of my nominees? Or just want to share the lessons you learnt from fiction? Feel free to share them below!

 

 

 

 

Book Review: N or M?

N or M?

N or M?

For the Re-Read Challenge 2015.

Title – N or M?

Author – Agatha Christie

Pages – 304

GenreDetective Fiction

Patriotism is not enough…there must be no hatred in my heart.

– Nurse Edith Cavell

Having this iconic Nurse Cavell quote repeated throughout the book, N or M? is one of the most entertaining works of Christie. Set during the World War II, it stars Thomas and Prudence Beresford, aka Tommy and Tuppence.

While the RAF is busy keeping the Luftwaffe at bay, Britain faces greater risk from the enemy within – Nazis posing as ordinary English citizens.

Tommy and Tuppence, now middle-aged, are appointed by the Intelligence to track down N and M, two Fifth Columnists among the colourful guests at Sans Souci. Their task is made tougher by the fact that these spies have just murdered Britain’s finest agent. Will Tommy and Tuppence succeed?

This book shows Christie’s calibre at combining entertainment with logic. Tommy and Tuppence are extremely lovable and will have you laughing with them throughout. Their suspects range from a mother of one to an army general, keeping you hooked on till the end.

This is the second time I am reading this book, but still, it had me hanging on tenterhooks to identify N and M.

I’ll rate it **** out of *****

Have fun reading!